In Bristol, in the early eighties. Some of my friends were circulating cassette tapes of radio shows sent over from from New York. We met properly a few years later when some of my friends asked me to join their band — called Sweat.
Ray was the keyboard player. When the band eventually split up, Ray and I decided to team up as we both had an interest in linking sequencers and beat machines via midi, which was relatively new technology at the time.
No, not as such, although the Three Stripe Soundsystem was already in place, which Ray was a part of when I met him. When did you first start producing music? When you first went into the Anyone. - Smith & Mighty - Anyone.
, which artists were you listening to? Who might have been an influence on those early productions? I started to produce music in aroundwhile I was playing guitar in a local Reggae band. I moved to Paris for a while to record and mix the album. Where was The Dug Out, and how important was it? I think it was important because people from many different scenes and tribes came, and different ideas about music were exchanged.
Many Bristol bands were probably formed through people meeting each other at The Dug Out. Revolver also had a distribution business, and we distributed music from our 3 Stripe Record Label through Revolver. He had his ear to the ground as far as new music was concerned. We were playing sequences and multi-track recordings from gear which we had brought with us and set up on stage. Tricky — who at that time was an unknown MC — grabbed a mic and began rapping over our tune.
This was apparently his first live performance too. After the show, Mark asked me if he could have a cassette copy of the tune. What was your relationship with The Wild Bunch? We were all friends. We often attended the same parties.
Who came up with the idea of mixing heart broken Soul with Hip Hop? The idea sounds as if it might have started with DJs doing live mixes with acapellas. We invited my friend Jackie Jackson to our studio to record some vocals. She was a big fan of Dione Warwick and those were her favourite songs. Grant called at our studio one day with Carlton.
After recording Any Lovewe worked on a few singles, and an album with Carlton. Who knows why things happen the way they do? Remaining Antonio Vivaldi / C. P. E. Bach* - Pierre Fournier / Klaus Storck - Cellokonzerte Des Barock: Konzer Anyone. - Smith & Mighty - Anyone. probably the right thing for us.
Life has been very sweet and continues to be. I have no regrets and I carry no envy. I know that Ray feels the same. Did you make any money when the Fresh Four record went into the charts? Yes, but as it was a cover song, there are no publishing royalties to collect. Fresh Four included Suv and Krust. Have you had any interactions or collaborations with the Reprazent collective?
He discussed the idea with me that when we are in the womb as unborn babies, we only hear bass frequencies, and so now maybe we feel a familiar comfort when we listen to and feel bass music. No not really. For a long time things were pretty insular in Bristol. We have great respect for these artists.
How did Acid House influence the music that you made? Do you think there are similarities in the way that early Chicago House, and Jamaican Dub Reggae, use space in their music? What did you make of Rave? The Dub-influenced scene in Bristol seems pretty active right now. How did you meet Pinch and Peverelist?
I used to shop in Rooted Records in Bristol. At that time Tom Peverelist was running things there. So I brought in a CD of Anyone. - Smith & Mighty - Anyone. tunes and pieces for him to check. He really liked them and asked if I was up for releasing on Punch Drunk. Pinch started the Subloaded and Dubloaded nights in Bristol which quickly became very popular.
Are there any clubs, parties or events, that you regularly attend, or DJ at? I like Boofy, as I already mentioned. Yes, still active. I know you visit Japan fairly regularly. When are you next due over, and where are your favourite places to play? I love to visit and play in Japan! I hope to be back in the Spring.
I have many friends there, and many favourite places. I particularly like to play at Rajishan in Shizuoka. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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